About Us

About the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

The Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, a non-profit group, was formed in 1995 by residents in Kangaroo Valley, but our membership has expanded to include people from throughout the Shoalhaven, Sydney, other states and overseas. We have a strong association with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (Department of Planning & Environment). We are an Incorporated group with the Department of Fair Trading and have over 100 members, our own Constitution and an Executive Committee. We are also a registered Bushcare group and have Tax-deductible donation status.

Our aim and objectives

Our aim is to increase the numbers of Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies by reducing threats to its survival and to create a better environment for the species to breed. Our group’s objectives are to:

  • Provide support for and to foster public awareness of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby.
  • Assist with special projects selected by the group in consultation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and/or other groups.
  • Support the effective conservation of native flora and fauna.
  • Raise funds for projects aimed at recovering the species.
  • Promote the control of feral species impacting on Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies.
Photo of the Rock Wallabies named Cliff & Tara
Cliff and Tara

Our vision

A future where Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies thrive in the wild in a biodiverse Australia.

Our mission

1. To support the recovery of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby in the Shoalhaven region by:

  • developing community support
  • providing education for the next generation
  • raising public awareness, and
  • being an advocate for the conservation of the threatened Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby


2. To actively collaborate with other groups working for the recovery of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and fostering a biodiverse Australia.

Our constitution

View the Constitution of the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Incorporated.  

About our activities

  • We support the local National Parks and Wildlife Service fox control program and encourage others to do so.
  • We foster important research and conduct education and community awareness.
  • Many of the Friends participate in fox control on their properties as part of a network of bait stations throughout the Shoalhaven.
  • We had direct input into the development of the NSW Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Recovery Plan and continue to play a key role in the ‘Community Involvement’ Actions listed within the Plan. As the Plan states, “The successful implementation of Recovery Actions relies on the participation of all sectors of the community”.

How we use the funds we raise

The Friends host numerous fundraising events and regularly participate in local community events. Funds raised by the Friends have been used to:


  • Fund trapping and shooting of feral animals that threaten the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby in Kangaroo Valley.
  • Funded 4g cameras for the surveillance of Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby colonies.
  • Funding for the Juvenile Radio-tracking Project conducted over several years including purchase of radio-tracking collars and monitoring equipment.
  • Partial sponsorship of enclosures for the NSW Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Captive Breeding Program.
  • Fund and assist with surveys for new Rock-wallaby colonies in the Shoalhaven.
  • Conduct school education programs within the Shoalhaven


  • Funding for weed control contractors in a Kangaroo Valley colony devastated by the 2019 fires.
  • Produced information brochures on Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies and fox control.
  • Produced a video on the plight of Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies and what is being done to assist in saving the species in the Shoalhaven.
  • Supported local community events including the Kangaroo Valley Rock-wallaby youth festival.
  • Funded feral goat control within the Shoalhaven.
  • Partially funded the trial release of 2 male captively bred Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies to a severely declining local colony in 2001.
  • Provided yearly scholarships to the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, for the Master of Wildlife Heath and Population Management.

Grants & Awards

Since 1995, the Friends have received numerous Grants and Awards for our work to assist with the ongoing survival of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies.


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